GDA Announces REA Century Award Winners
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    RETAILER OF THE CENTURY
    The Norman Group won the Retailer of the Century Award. Doug Cofiell of Ivystone presented the award to Howard Henschel, CEO and president of The Norman Group.
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    INDUSTRY INFLUENCER OF THE CENTURY
    Russ Berrie was announced as the Influencer of the Century. Randy Eller presented the award and Keith Schneider, president of Midwest-CBK, accepted on behalf of the Russ Berrie family. Both Eller and Schneider grew their career under Berrie's leadership and guidance.
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    SUPPLIER OF THE CENTURY
    Vera Bradley was recognized and presented with the Supplier of the Century Award. Co-founder Barbara Baekgaard accepted from presenter Peter Schauben of Appelman Schauben.
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    SALES REP/AGENCY OF THE CENTURY
    OneCoast was honored with the Sales Rep/Agency of the Century Award. Presenting the award was Fred Pannek, the president of Mud Pie, and John Keiser, CEO of OneCoast, accepted.
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    MARKET CENTER/SHOW ORGANIZER OF THE CENTURY
    In a bizarre and surprising twist, it was a three-way tie for best Market Center/Show Organizer of the century. In alphabetical order, the winners were the Portman family of AmericasMart, the Crow family of Dallas Market Center and the Little family of George Little Management. Here, Mary Sullivan accepts on behalf of AmericasMart.
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    MARKET CENTER/SHOW ORGANIZER OF THE CENTURY
    Cindy Morris, President and CEO of Dallas Market Center, accepted the award from presenter Tom Gottlieb of Two’s Company.
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    MARKET CENTER/SHOW ORGANIZER OF THE CENTURY
    Jeff Little accepted on behalf of George Little Management, which laid the foundation for NY NOW, now organized by Emerald Expositions.
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    GIFT FOR LIFE INDUSTRY ACHIEVEMENT
    Gift for Life also presented its Industry Achievement Award during the ceremony, awarding The Beekman Boys (Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge) for their innovation and turning a goat farm into a brand of bath products, and eventually a full lifestyle brand.
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    MIXING AND MINGLING
    The cocktail party and strolling dinner was set at the beautiful waterfront venue, The Lighthouse. The weather was perfectly warm and rain free, and the more than 250 in attendance enjoyed a buffet dinner, cocktails, a magician and a fortune teller. For more party posts, check out our Facebook page. 
 

GDA celebrated its 100th Anniversary Sunday, Aug. 20, with its first-ever REA Century Awards at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers in New York, NY. It was an energetic cocktail party, strolling dinner and award presentation. Several industry greats were recognized, including Russ Berrie. Awards included the supplier, retailer, influencer, sales rep/agency and market center/show organizer of the century. Gift for Life also presented its Industry Achievement Award. Here are the winners, along with some of the photos from the mix and mingle. Follow along to reminisce with us! For more details read the full party report. 

 
Posted: August 22, 2017